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APC’s unseen hands in PDP crisis

APC’s unseen hands in PDP crisis

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The understandable jubilant mood at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when news filtered in that a Rivers state Court of Appeal had ruled in favour of Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), confirmed the speculations that the ruling party may be the unseen hands in the intractable crisis rocking the main opposition party.
The dramatic sealing off of the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja, venue of PDP stakeholders’ meeting, by the security operatives, further fuelled the insinuations in some quarters that the APC was bent on “sabotaging, destabilizing and ridiculing the PDP,” using Sheriff as the agent provocateur to achieve the purpose ahead of the 2019 general elections. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Interestingly, many PDP stalwarts have been accusing the ruling party of being behind the party’s travails since losing the 2015 presidential election.
The allegation
During the recent nearly aborted stakeholders’ meeting of the PDP, chieftains of the party, speaker after speaker, underscored what they called a well-orchestrated plan by the APC-led government to ensure that lasting peace did not return to the party’s fold. They lamented that the ruling party wants to gag and cripple every opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
In fact, while the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, who also doubles as the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum went spiritual, praying for the conspirators to meet their waterloo, other stakeholders like the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other state governors, declared total war against any seen and unseen forces, the principalities and powers behind the PDP recurring crisis.
In Fayose’s words, “Senator Sheriff in collaboration with the APC-led federal government has barricaded the ICC, venue of the scheduled stakeholders’ meeting of the entire organs of the PDP. Sheriff and his APC collaborators cannot stop the will of the people.
“Nigerians can now confirm that Sen. Sheriff is a mole in the PDP to destroy the only strong opposition party in the country. Anybody behind what is happening in PDP now should know that there is vengeance of God and I want to inform them that very soon God will visit them one by one. Every morning when I wake up in my room, I carry enough Bible bullets inside my pocket to fight APC,” Fayose quipped.
Similarly, while frowning at the actions of the police, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ekweremadu said: “Such flagrant manipulation of critical institutions of democracy was not only dangerous, but bad news for the nation’s democracy.
“We are aware that all the institutions of democracy are being manipulated and harassed in this country. The national assembly and the press are not left out, The INEC has been captured and now a part of the APC. Our judiciary is being insulted and assaulted every day. Their houses are attacked very late at night and the judges are harassed. So, we are not surprised at the sealing of meeting venue. But what remains is for us to remain resolute,” he intoned.
The PDP chieftains were perhaps very much right in confirming the culpability of APC in the party crisis considering PDP’s antecedent in manhandling, frustrating and killing opposition parties during its 16 years of hegemony from the national to the grassroots.
Under the PDP-led government, there were no vibrant and or active opposition parties to play the real ombudsman role as it allegedly did everything humanly possible to destroy, incapacitate or win them over as puppets through lobbying or intimidations.
In fact, until the emergence of a coalition of political parties that formed the APC, the trend was for the many opposition parties to collectively or individually endorse PDP candidates. The reality was that other political parties were tools in the pockets and at the dispos

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